Low Cost Home Energy Saving Tips That Work
People are more careful with their money these days, trying to find ways to save a few dollars here and there. One of the best ways to cut down on expenses is to lower your utility bills. You don't have to make major changes in your lifestyle to save money. These free and low-cost home energy saving tips will help you save hundreds of dollars a year on electricity.
- Unplug electronic equipment, appliances, battery chargers, etc. when not in use.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) instead of regular incandescent light bulbs. You will save up to 75% on lighting costs with this home energy saving tip.
- Turn off unnecessary lights. Whenever possible, use desktop lamps with CFLs instead of overhead lights.
- Adjust your thermostat. In winter, setting the thermostat 4 to 5 degrees Celsius lower will make a significant reduction in heating costs. Install a programmable thermostat to reduce the heat when you don't need it. During the summer, set your air conditioner 5º higher and save up to 20% on cooling costs.
- To save energy at home, set your water heater to 120 degrees. Many heaters are set to 140 degrees and can cost you more money. For bigger savings, set the thermostat to the lowest setting when you are away.
- Wash clothes in cold water, if possible. Up to 90% of energy cost for washing clothes goes to heating the water.
- Buy energy saving appliances. Look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR logo. They are up to 40% more energy efficient and you may get a rebate or qualify for a tax incentive.
- Whenever possible, use fans instead of air conditioners. Keep the house cool by closing shades during the day and keeping windows and doors shut.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when full, but don't overload. Fewer loads will reduce water and energy use.
- Maintain your clothes dryer. Clean the lint filter after every load and make sure the outside vent is clear. Newer models come with a moisture sensor and automatically shut off when your clothes are dry.
- Make sure the insulation in your house is adequate. By sealing cracks, leaks and gaps you can save up to 20% on cooling and heating costs.
- In the kitchen, move your refrigerator and freezer away from the stove, dishwasher and other heat sources.
There are many ways to reduce energy consumption at home. If you know of other home energy saving tips, you may want to share them with us.
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